Communications & Media

Forum to explore the local impact of a changing news industry

A forum in Launceston this week will explore the impact of a changing journalism sector on local communities in northern Tasmania.

Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, the event will highlight the challenges and opportunities for local communities amid a dramatic shake-up of Australia’s news media industry.

Featuring a panel of industry speakers, the forum follows a national conference in Hobart hosted by the ABC and University of Tasmania, which highlighted the importance of media literacy education.

University of Tasmania journalism lecturer Claire Konkes, who will facilitate the event on Thursday (November 22, 2018) said it was an important, timely discussion for the community.

“All around the world we’re seeing big changes to how and where people get their news,” Dr Konkes said.

“Local media, particularly newspapers and television, are being challenged by digital disruption and the rise of global providers of news and entertainment.

“A strong and diverse local media is really important to connect and inform people about issues in their local communities, so now, more than ever, people need to think about what they want from their local media, especially news.”

She said recent changes to cross-media ownership laws have already led to a further concentration of Australian media ownership, which is already among the most concentrated in the world.

“We’re also seeing greater competition from global media interests,” Dr Konkes said. “We’ll discuss these issues, and focus on how they relate to Northern Tasmania, with a really strong panel of speakers who represent the diversity of commercial, public interest and community media.”

Speakers include managing editor of The Examiner and The Advocate newspapers Mark Baker, chief executive of The Conversation Lisa Watts, radio broadcaster Brian Carlton and community radio producer and host Zahra Rajab Ali.

What: Launceston forum: Local Media in Northern Tasmania
When: Thursday, November 22, 6 pm to 7.30 pm (refreshments from 5.30pm)
Where: Rory Spence Theatre, University of Tasmania Inveresk campus

Published on: 19 Nov 2018 9:45am